New Delhi. Apart from aggressive behavior on the field, Virat Kohli specializes in answering with the bat as well. Till last year, he was battling for a century. In the 2021 T20 World Cup, the Indian team got eliminated after losing in the first round. After this Kohli left the captaincy. He wanted to remain the captain of the ODI team. Then BCCI President Sourav Ganguly did not agree with him about this. He said that there can be only one captain of the white ball team. In such a situation, the captaincy of the ODI team was taken away from Kohli. Then after the defeat in the Test series against South Africa, he also left the captaincy of the Test team. After this Rohit Sharma was given the command of all the three formats. Meanwhile, Kohli has started the year 2023 in the best way with a century.
From T20 Asia Cup 2022, Kohli ended the century drought. He scored a century against Afghanistan. Then he continued his excellent performance in the T20 World Cup and scored the highest 296 runs. But Team India could not perform as expected. He was defeated by England in the semi-finals. After this the Indian team went on a tour of New Zealand. Then the matter of giving rest to senior players from the T20 team came to the fore.
New Zealand out of series after Sri Lanka
Team India started the T20 series against Sri Lanka on the new year. Big players like Kohli and Rohit Sharma were kept out of this series as well. The Indian team T20 series is to be held from New Zealand again from January 27. Even there these veteran players have not got a place. Looking at the 2024 T20 World Cup, the board now wants to bring in young players. For this reason, Hardik Pandya has been made the captain. In such a situation, it is being said that now Kohli may not get a place in the T20 team. But the way he has performed in ODIs. He must have once again forced the selectors to think.
2 centuries in 3 matches
Virat Kohli has played only 3 matches so far in the year 2023 and has scored 2 centuries. He scored 113 runs in the first ODI against Sri Lanka. At the same time, in the last match of the 3-match series being played in Thiruvananthapuram, he scored an unbeaten 166 off 110 balls. He has scored more than 150 for the 5th time in ODIs. Hit 13 fours and 8 sixes. This is his 46th century in ODI cricket. He can soon break Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most 49 centuries. Playing first in the match, the Indian team scored a huge score of 390 runs for 5 wickets. The team is ahead 2-0 in the series. In such a situation, he is close to a clean sweep in the series.
Virat Kohli coming in form is a good sign for the team. ODI World Cup is to be played in India only in October-November this year. The Indian team is waiting for the trophy since 2011. In such a situation, Kohli is going to be very important for the team in the tournament.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 15, 2023, 17:48 IST